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Why have women been allowed to join the world’s oldest golf club?


Women can now join the Muirfield Golf Club in Edinburgh, Scotland – 273 years after it started.

The Club did have the chance to allow women to become members in May last year – but only 64 per cent of its male members voted in favour, short of the two-thirds majority needed.

In response, golf’s governing body, The Royal & Ancient, banned the Club from hosting the British Open.

Unsurprisingly this week, when members voted again, 80.2 per cent supported the change.

We’re not sure they’re champions for women’s equality though.

The back down means the 71-hole course has now been reinstated as a venue for the Open – a potential windfall of £80 million for the Club.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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